Chief Deputy County Counsel - Napa County, CA

August 2, 2019

Napa County,CA

Chief Deputy County Counsel


Chief Deputy County Counsel

Napa, CA, USA Full Time
Compensation: $171,849.60 to $208,852.80 Annually

Application Deadline/Closing Date
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 5:00pm


Our Office of 20 employees is led by the County Counsel, two Chief Deputies, and our Legal Office Manager. One of our Chief Deputies is retiring after 37 years of practice, creating a rare opening on our leadership team. We are looking for an experienced attorney with expertise in government law who will be a leader in sustaining our office culture of positivity, accountability, and mutual respect.

The Chief Deputy directly supervises four to six attorneys who work on public works, contracting, code enforcement, and other complex legal matters. The Chief Deputy also collaborates with the County Counsel and other managers to oversee the Office and outside counsel. Our goal is to have a period of overlap in which our retiring Chief Deputy can assist the new Chief Deputy in becoming acquainted with the County, our Office, and our clients. 

Top candidates will have a broad range of legal skills, with significant experience in representing public entities in complex transactions and other matters involving significant and sensitive issues of public policy and regulation. Supervisory experience in a public law office or comparable setting is highly desirable.


  • Substantial experience representing or advising a county, state, or local government agency in California.
  • Strong ethical and moral compass, including a commitment to the principles of good government and desire to serve the public good.
  • Familiarity with multiple government law practice areas, potentially including public works and contracting and other transactional matters.
  • Intellectual curiosity, acumen, and confidence when addressing new issues or learning unfamiliar subject matters.
  • Strong analytical skills, sound judgment, and superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Dedication to providing timely, high-quality legal services and earning client confidence.
  • Proven ability to negotiate competing interests in sensitive or challenging matters.
  • Emotional intelligence and ability to create strong relationships with clients and colleagues.
  • Approach to team management founded on building trust, supporting employees' strengths, growing professional excellence, and tending to employees' career satisfaction.



1. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, August 23, 2019.

2. Candidates must complete the supplemental questions in their entirety and submit one or more writing samples. Candidates may also attach a cover letter (to the attention of Jeffrey Brax, County Counsel), a resume, references, and law school transcript.

3. Applications will be reviewed and scored during the week of August 26, 2019. The most qualified applicants will be invited for an oral panel interview.

4. Initial interviews are scheduled for September 3 and 4, 2019. References and law school transcripts should be submitted at the interview, if not before.  

For more information and to view the brochure, please click on the Chief Deputy County Counsel Recruitment Brochure link on the Napa County website. Serious inquiries and questions about Napa County Counsel may be directed to Nicole Everett, Human Resources Analyst at or (707) 253-4489, or to County Counsel Jeffrey Brax at or (707) 259-8628.

Napa County Human Resources reserves the right to change the recruitment process at any time.  

Closing Date / Removed from Database Date
August 23, 2019

  All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description.